In Process Series at
the Pillow Lab

The In Process Series at the Pillow Lab is a residency program that offers the opportunity to work in the Pillow’s retreat-like atmosphere and state-of-the-art studio spaces, including the brand-new Perles Family Studio. This season expands upon previous years with 12 residencies, including 8 developmental residencies, two technical residencies, one research residency, and one Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion® (JPCiM) residency; and represents artists from around the United States including Seattle, Minneapolis, and New York, and two international companies from Cuba and Australia.

The development of new work is of the utmost importance to the Pillow and the dance field at large.

Jacob’s Pillow Director

Customized residencies offered through the In Process Series give artists the time and space to research and develop new work with varying levels of technical aspects and research components, including the opportunity to fund an essential “outside eye.” They include access to the Pillow’s Archives, free housing, a stipend, filmed archival video footage, and conclude with a private, informal showing for members at the $500 level and above or partners of the College Partnership Program that provide reactions, feedback, and questions. The work created at the Pillow during this series may be at varying stages of development and may or may not be performed at the Festival. Artists that take part in the Pillow Lab are chosen through a closed selection process.


Built from the Jacob’s Pillow mission to support dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation; and to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance, the Pillow Lab strengthens the artistic core of the Pillow while expanding opportunities for year-round programming. Realizing the goals of Vision ’22, the Pillow Lab enhances artist development while nurturing the process of choreography.

Creative development residencies have been offered to artists in past years, supporting hundreds of artists including Mark Morris and Yo-Yo Ma, Big Dance Theater, Kate Weare, Kyle Abraham, Jessica Lang, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, Bryan Arias, Suzanne Farrell, The Cambodian Project, Kimberly Bartosik, Jodi Melnick, Monica Bill Barnes, Chet Walker, John Jasperse, Dorrance Dance, and many more. A more robust and varied program is now possible through recent upgrades to facilities, including the opening of the Perles Studio, the acquisition of stage lighting equipment for the Doris Duke Theatre, and the addition of winterized housing, allowing for technical and research residencies as well as artistic.

Future of the Pillow

The In Process Series plays a vital role in strengthening the Pillow’s artistic core, a main thread of Vision ’22.

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